is NOT something my kiddos have trouble with. They do, however, have some trouble writing about their opinions and supporting them with reasons. So, when the time came in my self-created writing timeline, I thought about the best way to introduce this genre was through some brief writing prompts. To get them talking, I read Hey, Little Ant .

Such a adorable book! I liked how it left the ending open. It helped us to have some discussions about what they would do if they were the boy and they had the choice to squish the ant. Poor ant… some of my goobers were all about making him sidewalk wipe.

After we read the book, I had the pack in this graphic organizer. Then, they pair/collective with a mate.

The next day, we continued our discussion about opinion writing. I introduced this graphic organizer.

I reviewed the «ingredients» for an opinion chunk and then I created an anchor chart to model for them how I would write my own. I chose a hot topic in my classroom. We were working on this right around the time the White Sox and the Cubs were having their home openers. Go Sox!

The next step was for them to attempt to write their own lump. At very first, I thought I wished to have the kids choose a topic at random. I had made copies of the form below, and cut each out. I was going to have them choose one from a pile and then write. At the last minute, I switched my mind. Instead, I projected the entire paper and let them choose what they dreamed to write about. I’m glad I did this because then NO ONE complained about their topic. I saved myself a headache that day.

They loved the one about grounding their parents, ha!

While they were editing/revising, I found some scrapbook paper that I had hidden in my cabinet. Of course, I had to use it with this project. It is inspired by Amy’s Writing Tips and Tricks Craftivity. Love it!

This was a quick prompt/project that I ended before Spring Break. I still am not 100% sure how long they need to be, so I just stuck with paragraph length. The think with the Common Core State Standards is that they can be interpreted more than one way. If you think this might be an idea you want to attempt with your class, click the picture below and you can download a free copy of my Hey, Little Ant graphic organizer, my opinion graphic organizer, and my prompt ideas. Hopefully, you’ll find it helpful. I’d love to hear what you think!

Well, I’m going to get ready for tomorrow-Friday-… the best day of the week (in my opinion)! Hope you have a fine night and weekend!

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